Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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JUNE 23, 2018
Strike It Big For Brain Injury
AMF Pikesville Lanes
BIAMD's Premiere Bowling Event

AUGUST 19, 2018
Blue Crabs for Brain Injury
Key Brewery Taphouse - Dundalk

SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
Scarecrow Classic 5k / 1 Mile Walk
UMBC - Catonsville Campus
DECEMBER 3, 2018

MARCH 28-29, 2019
BIAMD's 31st Annual Conference
Red Lion Hotel - Baltimore North

Lots More Details, Websites, and
Registration Info to Come.

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Daniel Carcillo discusses his struggles and concerns about brain injury. Click the photo above.
Former NHL forward Daniel Carcillo pledged to donate his brain to the Carrick Institute for research into the effects of traumatic brain injuries. The longtime enforcer who played three seasons with the Blackhawks announced his decision Wednesday night as part of his reaction on social media to a series of illegal hits during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

  • This is one of the scariest & hardest things I’ve ever had to write but here it goes. I am pledging my brain to Ted Carrick and the @Carrickinst (Carrick Institute) to be used for study and furthering understanding of the consequences of traumatic brain injury when I pass @NHL— Daniel Carcillo (@CarBombBoom13) May 2, 2018

Carcillo retired from the NHL in 2015 and has since devoted his time to advocating research into mental health and the effects of concussions. The 33-year-old started the Chapter 5 Foundation in honor of Steve Montador, a best friend and former NHL enforcer who died at age 35. He has been vocal on social media about the need for the league to better handle the risks and long-term effects of playing hockey.

For more on this story plus the video :
This article provides a review of brain tissue alterations that may be detectable using diffusion magnetic resonance imaging MRI (dMRI) approaches and an overview and perspective on the
modern dMRI toolkits for characterizing alterations that follow traumatic brain injury (TBI). Nonin-vasive imaging is a cornerstone of clinical treatment of TBI and has become increasingly used for preclinical and basic research studies. In particular, quantitative MRI methods have the potential to
distinguish and evaluate the complex collection of neurobiological responses to TBI arising from
pathology, neuroprotection, and recovery. dMRI provides unique information about the physical
environment in tissue and can be used to probe physiological, architectural, and microstructural features. Although well-established approaches such as diffusion tensor imaging are known to be highly sensitive to changes in the tissue environment, more advanced dMRI techniques have been
developed that may offer increased specificity or new information for describing abnormalities.

These tools are promising, but incompletely understood in the context of TBI. Furthermore, model dependencies and relative limitations may impact the implementation of these approaches and the interpretation of abnormalities in their metrics. The objective of this paper is to present a basic
review and comparison across dMRI methods as they pertain to the detection of the most commonly observed tissue and cellular alterations following TBI.

Sgt. Aaron Patterson/3rd Marine Division/DVIDS
Military personnel may be endangering their own brains when they operate certain shoulder-fired weapons, according to an Army-commissioned report released Monday.

The report, from the Center for a New American Security, says these bazooka-like weapons pose a hazard because they are powered by an explosion just inches from the operator's head.

"When you fire it, the pressure wave feels like getting hit in the face," says Paul Scharre, a former Army Ranger who directs the technology and national security program at the center. Scharre is a co-author of the center's report: Protecting Warfighters from Blast Injury.

The report looks at a range of injuries caused by blast waves — pulses of high pressure air that emanate from an explosion and travel faster than the speed of sound.
T o hear more on this study, listen to the NPR segment:

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A pioneering psychologist reveals how three emotions can provide the surest, quickest route to success in any realm. 

A string of bestsellers have alerted us to the importance of grit – an ability to persevere and control one’s impulses that is so closely associated with greatness. But no book yet has charted the most accessible and powerful path to grit: our prosocial emotions. These feelings – gratitude, compassion and pride – are easier to generate than the willpower and self-denial that underpin traditional approaches to grit. And, while willpower is quickly depleted, prosocial emotions actually become stronger the more we use them. These emotions have another crucial advantage: they’re contagious. Those around us become more likely to apply them when we do.
As this myth-shattering book explains, prosocial emotions evolved specifically to help us resist immediate temptations in favor of long-term gains. Originally, they enabled us to build lasting relationships with other people, and they still do that brilliantly. But they can also be adapted to strengthen our bonds with our own future selves – who will benefit most from the grit we need to succeed in life. No matter what our goals are, EMOTIONAL SUCCESS can help us achieve them with greater ease and deeper satisfaction than we would have thought possible.

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught."

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